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Reflective Listening

  1. James R. Iberg

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0783

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Iberg, J. R. 2010. Reflective Listening. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. The Focusing Institute, Chicago

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Reflective listening refers to a way of responding to another person to communicate empathy. Empathy is widely believed to be an important element of psychotherapeutic interaction. Carl Rogers believed empathy was one of the necessary conditions for psychotherapy. The importance of empathy and empathic listening has been written about in many approaches to psychotherapy, including client-centered, self psychology, psychoanalysis, Gestalt, existential, focusing-oriented, process-experiential, pre-therapy, child therapy, marital and couple therapy, disaster-recovery therapy, and clinical supervision.


  • client-centered;
  • experiential;
  • psychotherapy;
  • empathy;
  • focusing;
  • active listening